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COU report shows benefits of experiential learning

posted on March 27, 2014

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has released a report, Bringing Life to Learning, which reavelas that PSE students who participate in co-ops and work placements earn more than their peers, enjoy higher full-time employment rates, and are more likely to pay off their debt within 2 years. The data come from Statistics Canada's most recent National Graduates Survey. The report also states that "in an increasingly competitive job market, experiential learning makes students workplace-ready, setting them up for career success." COU President Bonnie M Patterson says in the near future 60% or more of undergraduates will take part in a co-op or other experiential learning placement. "[With experiential learning,] employers get to test new talent and are brought new ideas and fresh perspectives that can lead to significant improvements at their businesses or organizations. Students gain hands-on experience and discover what types of careers and organizations would be a good fit for them," says Patterson.


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